One of the most heart-rending stories to come from the lockdown was Andrew McGinley's appeal to the general public for letters to help him cope with the isolation he was feeling. Andrew lost his three children back in January in tragic circumstances and he seemed to be feeling the effects of isolation profoundly. He tweeted from the @ConorsClips account on Friday asking the public to send cards, postcards or letters and included his address in Dublin.
I’m looking for a favour. I’m struggling with isolation like you all but really missing the company. I was also enjoying most of the letters that I received so I have a request. Can you write to me? If you feel like using one of your An Post postcards then great. Letters welcome. pic.twitter.com/V72gLbGbtC
— Conors Clips by Andrew (@conorsclips) March 27, 2020
. Well, this morning Andrew found that Ireland answered his call. He tweeted a photo of two massive boxes of post that had arrived at his doorstep.
— Conors Clips by Andrew (@conorsclips) March 31, 2020
"I possibly should have thought this through ?. Thank you all," he wrote.
This lockdown has brought us closer together as a people, and An Post have played their part by distributing two free postcards to the public.
It'll take him some time to work through all of those good wishes, and we imagine they'll make the world feel that little bit smaller and less isolating. This is proof that social media can serve some sort of good, and that community spirit is staying strong despite this crisis we all face.